Mildred “Mili” Nelson, 98, passed away peacefully at home on March 30, 2017. A visitation was held on Tuesday, April 4, from 5-7 p.m. at Stevens Memorial Chapel, 607 28th St., Ames, IA 50010. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at the Gilbert Lutheran Church, 135 School St., Gilbert, IA 50105. Burial followed services in the Gilbert Cemetery.


Mili was born Jan. 4, 1919, to Theodore and Amy (Skogerboe) Frandson in Story City. Mili graduated from Story City High School in 1936 and she then went on to earn her teaching degree in Cedar Falls in 1938. She started her teaching career in Whitten and then worked in Eldora, and finally found her place in the Gilbert schools where she taught for 12 years. She married the love of her life Hjalmar S. Nelson on June 20, 1941. They were blessed with 69 years of marriage.


Mili embraced her career of teaching providing guidance and instruction to many children shaping and impacting their lives in positive ways. She also enjoyed her time on the farm, gardening especially her love of her flowers and designing her many flower gardens. She mostly enjoyed reading and time with her family and friends, blessing many with her generosity and unwavering gift of kindness in her very own soft-spoken manner. She was a longtime member of the Gilbert Lutheran Church.


Mili is survived by her sister, Sara Ann of Story City; sister-in-law, Leah Frandson; many nieces and nephews; special friends Kim, Roxanne, Matt, Amanda and Lexi, Tony and Haley Redling.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Hjalmar Nelson; parents, Theodore and Amy Frandson; sister, Agnes Lincoln; brothers, Arnold and Harold Frandson.


Online condolences and thoughtful memories may be shared on Mili’s page at www.stevensmemorialchapel.com.